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What's in it for Me? The benefits of a national network

Co-written by Jamie Millard and Chris Oien

Earlier this month was the YNPN National Conference, where almost 100 YNPN'ers from around the country gathered in San Francisco to swap stories and share ideas. Four of us from the Twin Cities represented, where we both shared the awesome things we're up to and took home a lot of new ideas to apply here. But enough about us! You too should value and take take advantage of the fact that YNPN is thriving in many cities around the country. Here are five reasons to care:

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Conference Hero: Four tips to grabbing that speaking slot

It’s conference season in Minnesota’s nonprofitland, and how to present at them is a hot topic at YNPN, such as at last month’s Emerging Leaders Networking lunch. A recent e-news piece of ours offers some great tips on how to make your presentation shine once you’re doing one, but how does a young nonprofit professional secure a gig like that in the first place? 

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Tell Me What You Really Think: 360 Degree Assessments for Professional Growth

One of my favorite personal brand definitions is that it's what people say about you when you're not in the room. Of course, that raises the question: how can you get a good measure of your brand when people's most honest assessments take place when you're not around? Well, the most straightforward way is to go ahead and ask them.

I recently underwent a 360°Reach assessment that does exactly that. For one of these assessments, you ask the people in your life—friends, family, coworkers, classmates—to anonymously fill out a short survey. Questions include what attributes they most associate with you, what they perceive your strengths and weaknesses to be, and projective questions like what household appliance you'd be and why. (Interestingly, those last questions can be the most insightful.)

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The Basics of Personal Branding

If you couldn't make our "Stand Up, Speak Out" event on personal branding last month, you missed some great advice from four talented professionals. But - never fear! We have footage of one of our speakers, Meghan Suszynski, presenting on the topic of visual branding. This was the most popular segment of the evening, and offers creative ideas on how to build your own visual brand.

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And the Do-Goodest Is...

main.jpgWe are proud to announce the talented, amazing, world-saving winners of last month's Do-Gooder Games: the Wonder Women! The team—Elena Ballam, Renee Martin, Josh Reimnitz and Matt Heiserich—scavenged, trivia answered and rock-paper-scissored their way to victory against a competitive field of 13 teams. In the final round, their creative skit put them over the top. And we've got it on video!

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Our Newest Board Member - Jenna Wade

main.jpgYNPN is happy to welcome another new board member into the fold! Meet Jenna Wade, Communications Specialist for Fresh Energy. We want you to get to know her, and what better way than direct from the source? Hear from Jenna as she answers 7 questions from us about her professional and personal life.

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The Folly of Fearing Facebook

At last week’s Emerging Leaders Network lunch, we talked a lot about how to handle current or prospective employers and colleagues looking you up on social networking sites. Several suggestions bounced around the room: Direct professional contacts to your LinkedIn profile instead of Facebook, restrict certain Facebook updates to a more select group of people, maintain two different Facebook accounts (I’m not a big fan of that last one). And then we started talking more extreme measures: Ramping up privacy settings to 11 to be unfindable, or even altering your name so it doesn’t look like you at all.

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The 4-step program for successfully networking as an introvert

Co-written by Jamie Millard and Chris Oien

main.jpgNetworking is important. You know that, and we know that. It’s pretty much a given. But what do you do if just the thought of networking makes you want to crawl into a hole? We’ve both been there, because we are two of the roughly 25% of people who are introverts. 

When it came time for each of us to go to our first YNPN networking event, we debated whether or not to go, and eventually skipped out—leaving a sick feeling in our stomachs. We later did get involved with YNPN; and when we met each other, we realized we had both bailed on the same event. While it had been a lonely experience, neither of us was alone in it, and knowing that was a huge relief. 

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Professional Development: 140 Characters At a Time

I’m a huge fan of Twitter. No matter your passion, you’ll likely find a like-minded community there full of influential and insightful people. This is no less true for the young nonprofit leaders’ community, where Rosetta Thurman (YNPNdc member) and Allison Jones (YNPN-NYC member) host a monthly conversation called #YNPchat. During this hour-long chat, young nonprofit professionals from all over respond to five questions on a set topic, and take this opportunity to engage with and learn from each other.

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